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Have You Tried Oil Cleansing?

Oil Cleansing

Have you tried the oil cleansing method (OCM)? It’s a gentle, yet super effective way of cleansing your skin.  Right around Christmas, I started using this method and I haven’t used any other cleansers or moisturizers since. I wanted to use something as natural as possible with the fewest natural ingredients I could find. Oil cleansing will not only remove makeup and cleanse your skin, it will also help balance oil secretion, reduce inflammation and increase skin hydration.

Benefits of the oil cleansing method

1. Oil Cleanses Oil

Water based cleansers don’t do a good job removing any excess sebum or clogs from your skin. Oil does.

2. Best Makeup Remover

This method removes make up better than any expensive makeup remover.

3. No Chemicals

Oils don’t dry out your skin, which is very important especially if you have dry or acne prone skin. Harsh, chemical based cleansers remove the necessary oils and dry out your skin, forcing your skin to produce even more oil. The oil won’t strip your skin of  its natural oils.

4. Incredibly cheap

A bottle of organic extra virgin olive oil, sunflower oil, or avocado oil is around $4 at Aldi. One bottle goes a long way for the oil cleansing method.

5. Relaxing and Luxurious

Oil cleansing feels like a spa experience in your own home.

 

When I started  the OCM, I limited it to twice a week. The gradual transition gave my skin the chance to adjust without freaking out. Now I do it every night. So far, I’ve only used extra virgin olive oil. It’s something I always have in my pantry. Olive oil has been here since ancient times and it is super rich in Vitamin E and oleic acid, both of which are skin saving nutrients. Other great oils are avocado oil, sesame oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and hempseed oil.

The oils that you use are ‘good’ oils that help drive out ‘bad’ oils stuck in your pores. The oils also break down dirt and pollution deep within the pores and on the surface while dissolving dead cells.

How does oil cleansing  work?

Step #1: Apply some oil to dry skin. Never use it on wet skin – it’s not going to work. Massage it into your skin for a couple of minutes.

Step #2: Run a clean washcloth under warm water . Wring it out and drape over your face. Allow the steam to help loosen the oil. I usually oil cleanse in the shower because the steam of the shower really helps loosen up the oil.

Step #3: Wipe away all the oil and makeup. Your face will feel very clean.

Step #4: Rinse off with cool water.

Step #5: If your skin still feels dry, don’t hesitate to apply more oil. I apply two or three drops of Rosehip Seed oil.  But you can use any oil you like. It can even be same oil you used for cleansing. But if your skin is oily naturally, you can skip this step.rosehip oil

The oil cleansing method works beautifully for my 48-year-old skin.  The feel of my skin after cleansing is like none other. Give the oil cleansing method a go.  I think you’ll love it as much as I do.

oil cleansing

 

Fiberglass Wall Panels As Tub Surrounds

Fiberglass Wall Panels

A tight budget and the fact that this is the only bathroom in the house didn’t allow for a major remodel when I bought the fixer, fours years ago.  The tub/shower was the thing I wanted/needed to get done right away. I removed the old dry wall,  tile and wall panel. After installing the new cement board, I purchased FRP panels (Fiberglass-reinforced plastic) for my tub/shower surround.

Fiberglass Wall Panels

FRP panels are a laminate surface wall and ceiling panel that is ideal for wet environments like bathrooms. Fiberglass is mixed with plastic to produce panels that are tough, durable and water-resistant. FRP can be installed in any area of a bathroom and will help ensure the walls remain easy to clean, for the life of the installation.

Fiberglass Wall Panels

This is what I had in mind minus the price – Swanstone 3-Piece Easy Up Tub Wall.

 

This is what I created: My own “Easy Up” with these 4×8  FRP panels for $33 each.

null 4 ft. x 8 ft. White .090 FRP Wall Board

To install the FRP, you need

 

Fiberglass Wall Panels

The FRP  panels provide a very basic, clean, simple look – they may not be for everyone. Some people prefer the high-end look of tile. And that’s fine too. Heck, maybe someday I’ll have tile in the shower. But in the meantime,  FRP is extremely durable, resists mildew, moisture and staining and is easy to clean. It’s also a lot more affordable.

Have a great week!

 

My 5 Big Projects Of 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was lovely … and white!

When we moved into our fixer upper in 2014, I was in a rush to get everything done so my kids could have a home they’d feel comfortable in. I soon realized unless you have $100K to spend on a 6-week remodel (HGTV kind of remodel), your home/house is going to be a work in progress… for many years. Before 2018 rolls in, here are a few projects I poured my energy into this year.

1. Kitchen Pantry: Our kitchen needed more storage so I did the obvious (haha) – I took two bookshelves and turned them into a pantry.bookshelf to pantry

bookshelf to pantry

bookshelf to pantry

 

2. Chain Link Fence Upgrade: A few old fence boards can make a chain link fence look so much better, don’t you think?

chain link fence makeover

chain link makeover

 

3. Dog House Makeover: I almost didn’t think this old dog house could come back “to life”. This made the end result so much sweeter. dog house makeover

dog house makeover

dog house makeover

 

4. Modern Entryway Table: A couple of hours of work and $30 worth of products can get you a new entryway table. It’s perfect for our small entryway, which leads into the living room.

diy modern entryway table

small entryway

 

5. New Door Handles: I can’t tell you how much I love our new door handles. Your hands can be full, that’s ok, because your elbow can open the door.

kwikset door handle

door knob

exterior door handle

exterior door handle

I’m looking forward to new projects in 2018! May the new year be filled with all the very best.